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Anze Kopitar Has The Top Corsi

Yesterday I posted the top 20 players in the 2013/14 season by their Corsi rating.  This is a measure of a team's puck possession when a given player is on the ice.  We will want to turn it into a more individualized ranking with some adjustments to the numbers, right now it is an extremely team dependent number.  The league leader is Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings with a +507 Corsi.  Six or seven extra shots are attempted per game by Kopitar's team when Kopitar is on the ice than they allow.

Los Angeles is a very strong puck possession team and Kopitar is a very good puck possession player.  This combination of a strong team and a strong player puts him in first place in the league.  The question at this point is how much is Kopitar and how much is Los Angeles.  Is there a player on a weaker team that is a better puck possession player?

We know Kopitar is a good two-way player.  It would be sensible for him to be a top puck possession player.  His adjusted +/- rating is a rougher measure of puck possession and Kopitar finished third in the league last year.  All we can clearly say at this point is Kopitar is a good player.  He is very good at puck possession.  He may be the best in the league, but at this point in the analysis that is unclear.

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